Storage Locker Unit Shed Thing Reveal

Hello, Everyone!

So, our “Storage Locker Unit Shed Thing” has been complete for a while, but I was hoping some grass would grow next to it.

Apparently we’re going to have to figure out “Plan B” on grass, so here’s the reveal anyway!




A little more about the “shed”:

In June, we put skirting on the house.  We used reclaimed barn metal.  What material was leftover from that project went to the shed’s roof, lower “siding”, and door accents!

If you’ve been following Upcycled Ugly for a while, you may remember our Storm Window project.  After we made the [tough] decision to replace the windows, we had no need for the storm windows.  The Plexiglas was used for the windows on the shed and the storm window frames were used for door trim.

The rest of the materials on the exterior were inexpensive cedar fence posts and cedar shingles from the box store!


Anyway, we’ve been so pleased with the functional aspect of the new storage locker unit shed thing and it is so much more aesthetically pleasing than our previous setup!

We can’t wait to use it as a bouncing off point for a cool backyard design!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Rusty File Cabinet Cactus Planter

Hello Everyone!  I’m back from a blogging hiatus with a fun, colorful project to share.  If you follow us on Instagram, you’ve already seen a sneak peak of this project.  If not, well, I can’t wait to show you our Rusty File Cabinet Cactus Planter.


I’ve been obsessed with admiring rusty metal in recent months.  I’ve seen numerous planters, sculptures, etc. at local restaurants and public places that have me swooning.  A little research led me to COR-TEN steel, which is a type of steel that rusts on the outer layers, but keeps its inner strength.  You’ve probably seen this material around:



Did I also mention that Cor-ten is also out of my pre-construction/non-existent budget?

So, per usual, I was sitting on the couch trying to figure out how to get the COR-TEN look for less and come across a filing cabinet on Craigslist for cheap.  We drive two blocks to pick it up.  The man and his wife who sold it to us were in the process of selling all of their belongings in order to travel the country in their R.V.  It has been a dream of theirs since they were newlyweds.  How fun is that?

Anyway, we brought the beast home.

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